Tigers aim to break slide in game against the Astros
Detroit Tigers (8-17, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (16-11, second in the AL West)
Houston; Saturday, 4:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Tigers: Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2, 5.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 23 strikeouts); Astros: Framber Valdez (1-2, 3.42 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 19 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -199, Tigers +169; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Detroit Tigers head into the matchup against the Houston Astros after losing three straight games.
Houston has a 7-4 record in home games and a 16-11 record overall. The Astros are 11-2 in games when they out-hit their opponents.
Detroit has an 8-17 record overall and a 5-9 record in home games. The Tigers have a 0-2 record in games when they hit at least two home runs.
The matchup Saturday is the third time these teams square off this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yordan Alvarez has two doubles and eight home runs for the Astros. Chas McCormick is 8-for-31 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and four RBI over the last 10 games.
Jeimer Candelario has five doubles, two home runs and eight RBI while hitting .193 for the Tigers. Javier Baez is 9-for-41 with three doubles and a home run over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 8-2, .239 batting average, 2.25 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
Tigers: 2-8, .209 batting average, 3.90 ERA, outscored by 21 runs
INJURIES: Astros: Taylor Jones: 60-Day IL (back), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm), Jacob Meyers: 10-Day IL (shoulder)
Tigers: Austin Meadows: day-to-day (illness), Tyler Alexander: 15-Day IL (elbow), Kyle Funkhouser: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Victor Reyes: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Matt Manning: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Casey Mize: 10-Day IL (elbow), Spencer Turnbull: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jake Rogers: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jose Cisnero: 60-Day IL (shoulder)